Wednesday is expected to be confirmed as the first day of Eid.

A moon sighting committee will meet tonight after Maghrib prayers. If they see the crescent moon then the following day will be declared as Eid.

The crescent moon won’t be visible until Tuesday though, according to Dr Humaid Majol Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Science and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University of Sharjah for Academic Affairs.

“The moon will not be seen today according to the scientific method of calculating the birth of a new moon. This means that we will have 30 days of Ramadan and Wednesday will mark the first day of Eid,” he said.

“The Muslim calendar is determined by moon phases making each month last between 29 and 30 days. The end of Ramadan and beginning of Shawwal starts when a new crescent Moon appears immediately after sunset.

“The formation of the new moon does not indicate the beginning of the Shawwal month, as that depends on the sighting of the moon.

“The moon can only be seen if it is seven degrees away from the sun and five degrees above the horizon.”

The official moon sighting committee is chaired by the Minister of Justice, Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi.